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PMB World Cup fever spreads beyond South African borders

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Pietermaritzburg – Two riders from Lesotho’s sole UCI MTB Trade Team will bolster the Southern African challenge at next weekend’s UCI MTB World Cup Pietermaritzburg, presented by Shimano, which takes place at the Cascades MTB Park from 11-13 April, as Phetetso Monese and Teboho Khantsi look to make their mark at the global showcase.

With a number of the Kargo Pro MTB Team’s riders already set to take to the international stage in a few days’ time, ACE-The Sufferfest Lesotho MTB Team powered by Unitrans – Africa’s only other UCI accredited outfit – has confirmed they too will contest the World Cup season opener and Khantsi and Monese will be hoping to add their own, unique stories to the list of the continent’s home-soil successes.

ACE-The Sufferfest Lesotho MTB Team powered by Unitrans' Phetetso Monese is currently ranked 125th in the world but will hope to fly his team's and continent's flags high when he take part in the 2014 UCI MTB World Cup Pietermaritzburg, presented by Shimano, at the Cascades MTB Park from 11 to 13 April. Photo: Paul Nielsen/ Gameplan Media

ACE-The Sufferfest Lesotho MTB Team powered by Unitrans’ Phetetso Monese is currently ranked 125th in the world but will hope to fly his team’s and continent’s flags high when he take part in the 2014 UCI MTB World Cup Pietermaritzburg, presented by Shimano, at the Cascades MTB Park from 11 to 13 April. Photo: Paul Nielsen/ Gameplan Media

Ranked 125th and 163rd respectively, Monese and Khantsi may go unnoticed by many in the hype of journalists, spectators and the sport’s global superstars, however, they have their sights set on their own long-term goal.

“For us it’s all about releasing the potential and presenting these riders with a chance to dream!” described Mark West, team manager of the ACE-The Sufferfest Lesotho MTB Team. “We are already witnessing great progress in performance, the winning will come at a later stage!

Monese and Khantsi, the team’s two elite men’s cross country competitors, had a good opportunity to come to terms with various elements of the World Cup course when they recently took part in the opening leg of the South African MTB Cup Series at Cascades.

“The course was good but very technical. It doesn’t really suit my style of riding because of the tight twists and turns,” Monese, Lesotho’s National Road Champion, described afterwards.

“We enjoyed competing in the SA Cup Series event though and are really looking forward to the World Cup!” he added.

The opportunity is one Khantsi is also relishing and hopes he can fly his team’s, nation’s and continent’s flags high at the event.

“I had a very good off season as I was training at the World Cycling Centre Africa facility in Potchestroom,” said Khantsi.

“I’m fit and am just hoping to do my best at the World Cup, avoid being lapped and try help raise the profile of African cycling!” he added.

Teboho Khantsi of ACE-The Sufferfest Lesotho MTB Team powered by Unitrans will hope his off season at the World Cycling Centre Africa facility will serve him well at the upcoming 2014 UCI MTB World Cup Pietermaritzburg, presented by Shimano, at the Cascades MTB Park from 11 to 13 April. Photo: Paul Nielsen/ Gameplan Media

Teboho Khantsi of ACE-The Sufferfest Lesotho MTB Team powered by Unitrans will hope his off season at the World Cycling Centre Africa facility will serve him well at the upcoming 2014 UCI MTB World Cup Pietermaritzburg, presented by Shimano, at the Cascades MTB Park from 11 to 13 April. Photo: Paul Nielsen/ Gameplan Media

Neither competitors have competed in a World Cup event previously and are under no illusion as to the size of the task they are faced with.

“The UCI MTB World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, followed by the UCI World Junior Series that will be hosted on our home soil from 18-20 April, will be the team’s initiation into the world of international MTB.

“African boys know that any initiation ceremony is a painful but is develops important experience in the journey to manhood!” said West.

While not asking for any special treatment nor expecting an easy ticket to the front, West did however urge the home crowd to get behind their fellow Africans and help support the ACE-The Sufferfest Lesotho MTB duo next weekend.

“If you are in Pietermaritzburg next weekend then look out for the team with the bleeding eyes logo and portrait of a dignified African chief on the jersey,” said West.

“And give them a big cheer as well!”

The UCI MTB World Cup, presented by Shimano, takes place at the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from 11-13 April 2014. More information can be found at www.mtbworldcupsa.co.za

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Durban Mother’s Day Concert: Top 5 reasons why the Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert is the ultimate Mother’s Day outing this Sunday.

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Top 5 reasons why the Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert is the ultimate Mother’s Day outing this Sunday.

 

Tickets on sale from Webtickets.

 

Old Mutual Music at the Lake: Mother’s Day featuring Mango Groove and Aaron McIlroy

As Mother’s Day approaches, families in Durban have the perfect opportunity to celebrate in style at the highly anticipated Old Mutual Music at the Lake concert. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Durban Botanic Gardens, this special concert on Sunday, May 12 promises an unforgettable experience for all.

 

Here are the top five reasons why you should spend Mother’s Day at Music at the Lake:

 

Legendary Live Performance:

Prepare to be mesmerized by the legendary Mango Groove as they take the stage with their unique blend of pop, rock, and traditional South African music. Their infectious energy and timeless hits will create a magical atmosphere that’s perfect for celebrating Mother’s Day.

 

Comedic Entertainment:

Alongside Mango Groove, comedian Aaron McIlroy will keep the laughter flowing with his comedic talents. From hilarious anecdotes to clever observations, Aaron’s performance guarantees a side-splitting experience for all ages.

 

Spectacular Venue:

Nestled around the picturesque Lake area of the Durban Botanic Gardens, this event offers more than just music. Attendees can immerse themselves in the beauty of one of Africa’s oldest botanic gardens, surrounded by lush greenery and serene waters.

 

Community Spirit:

Sponsored by Old Mutual, the Music at the Lake series is a testament to the power of community and cultural heritage. Through their support, Old Mutual aims to create lasting memories and bring people together through the universal language of music.

 

Picnic-Style Experience:

Bring your own food and drinks and relax on the shaded lawns of the gardens as you enjoy a delightful picnic-style afternoon. With Cooler boxes charged at only R50 at the gate, attendees can indulge in a feast for the senses while soaking in the vibrant sounds of the live performance.

 

“We’re thrilled to be part of such a special event, celebrating love, connection, and kindness on Mother’s Day,” said Claire Johnston from Mango Groove. “Join us at the Durban Botanic Gardens for an unforgettable afternoon of music, laughter, and cherished moments.”

 

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day with your loved ones in a setting that blends nature, music, and laughter. Secure your tickets now from Webtickets and make memories that will last a lifetime.

 

EVENT INFO:

 

Old Mutual Music at the Lake: Mother’s Day featuring Mango Groove and Aaron McIlroy

Date: Sunday 12 May

Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens

Times: Gates open 13h00 – Music starts 14h00 – Show ends 17h00.

PLEASE NOTE: Cooler boxes charged R50 at the gate. Bring your own picnic, drinks, chairs and blankets.

Ticket link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/Event.aspx?itemid=1546391165

 

Follow Music at The Lake online:

Official Website: ww.musicatthelake.co.za

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MATLDBN

Instagram: www.instagram.com/musicatthelake

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Durban Mother’s Day Concert: The Old Mutual Music at the Lake

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The Old Mutual Music at the Lake series returns for a special Mother’s Day concert on 12 May at the Durban Botanic Gardens.

 

Old Mutual Music at the Lake: Mother’s Day featuring Mango Groove and Aaron McIlroy

Date: Sunday 12 May
Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens
Times: Gates open 13h00 – Music starts 14h00 – Show ends 17h00.

PLEASE NOTE:
~ Cooler boxes charged R50 at the gate.
~ Bring your own picnic, drinks, chairs and blankets.

 

Ticket Prices

Phase 1:

Adults (Over 12) R195
Kids (U12) R100
Kids (U4) R10

Phase 2:

Adults (Over 12) R225
Kids (U12) R110
Kids (U4) R10

Phase 3:

Adults (Over 12) R250
Kids (U12) R120
Kids (U4) R10

 

Ticket Link:
https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/Event.aspx?itemid=1546391165

 

The highly anticipated Old Mutual Music at the Lake series is back with a special concert in celebration of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12. The event will take place at the stunning Durban Botanic Gardens, nestled around the picturesque Lake area.

Music enthusiasts and families alike can look forward to an unforgettable live performance by the legendary Mango Groove, known for their unique sound that blends pop, rock, and traditional South African music. In addition, comedian Aaron McIlroy will entertain the audience with his comedic talents, making this concert an unmissable experience for all ages.

Claire Johnston from Mango Groove is excited to return to Durban Botanic Gardens for the concert, saying “We’re so thrilled to be coming back to this glorious venue for the first time in several years. Mothers’ Day is the perfect opportunity as we get to celebrate love, connection and kindness”.

The Old Mutual Music at the Lake series is the longest-running live music series in KwaZulu-Natal, offering a relaxing and entertaining Sunday afternoon in a beautiful outdoor setting. The event is staged at the Durban Botanic Gardens Lake area, the oldest botanic gardens in Africa, providing a serene backdrop with its lush gardens and abundant wildlife.

“Old Mutual’s sponsorship of the Music at the Lake series underscores our deep-rooted commitment to nurturing community spirit and celebrating cultural heritage. We believe in the power of music to bring people together and create lasting memories, especially on occasions as special as Mother’s Day. Our support for this series shows our dedication to the arts and the communities we serve. We are proud to create platforms where talent, laughter, and family joy can flourish in the heart of Durban’s historic Botanic Gardens,” said Thobile Tshabalala, Head of Brand at Old Mutual.

Attendees are invited to bring their own food and drinks (cooler boxes charged R50 at the gate), blankets, and camping chairs to enjoy a delightful picnic-style afternoon on the shaded lawns of the gardens. Concert-goers can soak in the vibrant sounds of the live performance while observing an array of birdlife, including pelicans and spoonbills flying overhead.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with your loved ones at the Durban Botanic Gardens and experience an afternoon of exceptional music and comedy. Don’t miss out on this unique event that blends nature, music, and laughter! Get your tickets now from Webtickets.

 

Follow Music at The Lake online:

Official Website: www.musicatthelake.co.za

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MATLDBN

Instagram: hwww.instagram.com/musicatthelake/

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Durbanite Spotlight: The Kickstands

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In our latest Durbanite encounter, we step into the world of The Kickstands, a band that’s as vibrant and energetic as the city we all love. Welcome to another feature on Durbanart, where today we’re hanging out with Gary Nixon from The Kickstands. As they get ready for Splashy Fen and continue to make music that resonates with so many, we’re excited to chat with Gary about a few things: their tunes, what they love about Durban, and some fun, little-known facts.

Let’s jump into our chat with Gary and discover some new angles on both the band and our beloved Durban.

 

1. What draws you to Durban?

An active, outdoors lifestyle and the strong sense of community people share here.

2. Where is your favourite place to have breakfast in Durban, and why?

Mayfair, Durban North! Delicious, consistent and holds loads of memories

3. What Durban experience do all visitors need to try?

Promenade run/walk in the morning, swim around the peer and a Springbok game at Kings Park.

 

4. Nothing beats water, but where is a good Café or Bar in Durban?

Surf Riders

 

5. If you had to recommend a Durban spot to stay for the weekend, to an out-of-towner, where would you suggest?

If you’ve got the bucks, Oyster Box is mint! Otherwise come crash on my couch!

 

6. When did you know that music was your thing?

When people started paying me to do what I loved doing anyway

 

7. What’s your go-to shower song?

NOFX – Linoleum

8. You’re playing at Splashy Fen again this year. How many Splashy Fen’s have you been to? How many of those have you performed at?

I’ve been to 12 Splashy Fens, this will be my 11th time performing.

 

9. What’s your favourite thing about Splashy Fen?

The people, it’s what makes it what it is. Revelry.

 

10. Your Top Three Things to take to Splashy Fen?

My guitar, the vibes, and every year I try to convince a friend that’s never been to Splashy to come with me!

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